Ancestor Figure (Adu Zatua)
To honor deceased family members, villagers kept carved wooden figures to contain the souls of their ancestors in the family house. This male figure (adu zafua) grasping two short rods wears an elaborate headdress symbolizing the tree of life.
- Medium: Wood, fur, pigment
- Place Made: Gunungsitoli Village, Nias Island, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia
- Dates: early 20th century
- Dimensions: 22 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 in. (58.1 x 12.1 x 10.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 34.6073
- Credit Line: George C. Brackett Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ancestor Figure (Adu Zatua), early 20th century. Wood, fur, pigment, 22 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 in. (58.1 x 12.1 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, George C. Brackett Fund, 34.6073. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden male figure, in crouching position, with prominent headdress. Represents ancestor of the group. Said to have come from the house of a chieftain of the village of Gunung Sitoli, and to have been obtained in 1914 before the Rhine Mission Association had converted most of the locals and destroyed most of the remaining 'idols.'
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)